What is a “Tarpaulin” Sailor?

“In the early 16th century, the modern navies acquired officers from the ranks of enlisted sailors, who had worked their way up to command. These officers are known as “tarpaulin” sailors. They were from very modest families, but were highly experienced with ship handling and naval warfare. The respective navies of the world powers grew… Read More


Bachelor Degree’s & the US Navy…

“In 1925, almost the entire [US Navy] officer corps had a bachelor’s degree. However, in 1956, only 56% of commissioned officers had a bachelor’s degree, and this rate would not break 95% again until 1980.” (Lehner, 2008, p.3). Reference Lehner, W.D. (2008) An Analysis of Naval Officer Accession Programs. Master’s Thesis. Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate… Read More

The Art & Science of Warfare…

“Instruction in the art and science of warfare through training and education is the time tested method for molding combat leaders. Training provides the means to complete a job or an assignment. It can be given directly to an individual or to a larger group or unit. Education provides for intellectual development and the cultivation… Read More

What is the Pass Rate for the Joint Air Intelligence Course (2014-2016)?

The Joint Air Intelligence Course (JAIC) is delivered by the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG), formerly known as the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC). The JAIC caters for a maximum of 16 students per course. Table 1 highlights the pass rate for the JAIC between 2014 and 2017. Table 1: Pass Rates of JAIC… Read More

What is the Number of Applicants Accepted into British Officer Training?

Below is the number of applicants accepted into British officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) of the British Army and the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) of the Royal Navy by school type. Table 1: RMAS Entrants by School Type Training Year Independent School State School Total 2012/2013 280 320 590 2013/2014… Read More

A Knowledge of Strategy & Grammar…

“The rules of strategy are few and simple. They may be learned in a week. They may be taught by familiar illustrations or a dozen diagrams. But such knowledge will no more teach a man to lead an army like Napoleon than a knowledge of grammar will teach him to write like Gibbon.” George Henderson… Read More

The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) Course

What is the RCDS Course? The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) course is a post-graduate level course in international strategic studies focusing on, political, diplomatic, security, social and economic related issues at the grand strategic level – the level at which governments take decisions on these issues both nationally and within the international community. Issues are analysed… Read More